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AMNESTY WRANGLING: N’Delta Monarchs Monitor PAP, Pass Vote Of Confidence On Coordinator, Ndiomu



Following reports of disagreement between interim coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Major General Barry Ndiomu (retd) and some stakeholders in the Niger Delta region, traditional rulers drawn from Delta, Balyesa, Rivers, Akwa-Ibom and Cross River States, have resolved to closely monitor happenings at the PAP office to ensure that the programme benefits all stakeholders instead of selected few.

This was contained in a statement issued by the monarchs arising from an enlarged traditional rulers and stakeholders meeting held in Delta state.

The monarchs agreed that all differences between PAP office and stakeholders be resolved amicably without resort to petitions and orchestrated blackmail.

In a statement signed by chairman, Delta State Ijaw Traditional Rulers Forum and Paramount Ruler of the rich oil/gas producing Kingdom, HM Elder Capt. Dr. King Joseph I. Timiyan, Torobobo I, the Ebenanawei of Ogulagha Kingdom in Burutu Local Government Area, Delta State, and interim secretary, HM King Obukowho Monday Whiskey JP, the paramount ruler of Idjerhe Kingdom, the traditional rulers urged all critical stakeholders to sheathe their sword and henceforth work together to promote the peaceful wellbeing of the PAP programme.

The statement reads; “The meeting with detailed briefing from the Presidential Amnesty Coordinator, expressed satisfaction with steps so far taken aimed at repositioning the operational efficiency, programme sustainability and making sure that desired result are achieved are laudable and should be supported.

“Several Royal Fathers took turn to proffer solutions to the unending wrangling in the PAP office and advised the PAP Coordinator to continue with his revolutionary transformation agenda aimed at repositioning the programme for better service delivery.

“The meeting passed a vote of confidence on General Barry Ndiomu rtd, for all genuine efforts to ensure that the PAP programme is operated transparently and benefit more critical Stakeholders than a secluded operation hitherto practice in the PAP office”.

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